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On Screen Love Stories That Give Real Life Love Goals



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Be it love with a tragic twist or love with a happily forever after, Bollywood and love have always gone hand in hand. From the amazing chemistry between Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha to the many layers of love between Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, from which films have given us a lot to learn. If you are one of those who have been jilted in love, then these on screen couples might just give you the much needed motivation!

1. Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan 

Rekha’s and Amitabh Bachchan’s on screen chemistry was so sizzling, everyone wanted them to be an off screen couple. Their bond was so sizzling, everyone thought the two were seeing each other for real. Unfortunately, Jaya Bahaduri came into the picture and their love story was immortalised only on the big screen as well.

2. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan 

Ever since I saw these two killing it in Dhoom 2, I knew they were going to be the hottest on screen couple ever. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is hands down the most gorgeous woman out there while Hrithik Roshan is the human version of a Greek God. Put the two of them together and words cannot be used to describe them, right?

3. Madhubala and Dev Anand 

Arguably the most popular actors of their time, Madhubala and Dev Anand were the ultimate on screen couple. With their brilliant acting skills, the two gave the word love a new meaning. Despite being from the black and white era of cinema, their movies were some of the most soulful ones in the world of Bollywood.

4. Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt

She is as cute as a button, he is as hulky as can be. What more could you want with this perfect pair? Perhaps the fact they are friends in real life is what makes their on screen chemistry stand out so much more.

5. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone 

This pair is not only killing it on the big screen, they are giving everyone major couple goals off screen as well! Sanjay Leela Bhansali realised their value as a pair early on and they are now one of the most sought after pairs in the industry. Any guesses why?

If you think life dealt you a losing hand in terms of love, then these on screen pairs are exactly what you should watch to feel better. If you think we missed out on some other pairs, comment and let us know!



Bollywood Films Based On Real Life Events



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The history of India is rich and colourful, with a host of interesting historical events to its name. When you combine these events with Bollywood, you get to ride on the magical journey of the past with more than a sense of realism. From heinous crimes, to tales of murders and to realising the truth is far more devastating to watch on the big screen than reading about it, these movies have more than shown us the other side of the coin!

1. Bandit Queen

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A Shekhar Kapoor directorial, Bandit Queen tells the story of Phoolan Devi, one of the most feared bandit queens in the Indian history. Telling the tale of how Phoolan Devi was married off as a child, this movie talks about what she had to do in order to get over her social circumstances. Abused and molested for most of her childhood, Phoolan Devi lived a troubled life. Her rise to the position of a bandit queen was the show of strength and the fight she put up against patriarchy. Kapoor’s Bandit Queen showed her journey and told us the story of what happens when you are pushed against the wall. Do you succumb to your fate or do you fight back and make a name for yourself? Hard hitting and portrayed to perfection, this story needed to be told, showing us that no matter what is portrayed, there is always more to see than what meets the eye.

2. Black Friday

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Anurag Kashyap’s directorial debut, Black Friday was based on the 1993 Mumbai blasts and was rumoured to have been inspired by Hussain Zaidi’s novel of the same name. Opening to scenes of the blasts and talking about the aftermath of the event, this movie received criticism for more than three years before its release. Hard hitting and extremely realistic, this movie focused on Dawood Ibrahim and his family and about what triggered the blasts. When you see a major event being depicted on the silver screen, the harsh realities of the world come as nothing short of a wake up call.

3. Firaaq

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We know the Godhra riots of 2002 in Gujarat had a life changing impact on major sections of the Indian society. How do we know this? Because of the vast literature written about this very subject. However, when Nandita Das made a movie about this, what we saw quite literally shook us. Telling the story of how ordinary people were affected by the severity of the blasts, Firaaq gave us a clear insight into how many people’s lives were changed by the riots. With an impressive star cast, the movie won not one, but two national awards for its depiction of what happened after the riots.

4. Shahid

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Based on Shahid Azmi, a lawyer/activist who was gunned to death for fighting for the rights of Muslim men, Shahid tells a truth not many of us want to accept. A lot of people misunderstood why Shahid Azmi was doing what he did, which was fighting for the Muslim men wrongfully charged as terrorists, under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA.) Showing us we as an audience are so natural at jumping to conclusions when someone does the unexpected, this movie told a story which needed to be told.

5. No One Killed Jessica

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How many times have you heard of someone being murdered with a room full of witnesses and justice being delivered? Not many, right? This is exactly what happened when the brutal murder of Jessica Lal took several years to solve, despite there being more than enough witnesses. Showing the true powers of the rich and famous, No One Killed Jessica was all about how journalistic integrity brought justice to a family which lost more than it deserved. While the media is often portrayed as a negative industry when it comes to cases like these, the fact that this movie showed the opposite side was quite an eye opener.

Bollywood as an industry has a strong responsibility of telling a story exactly the way it happened. While a few creative liberties can be taken, the end result leaves us filled with wonder and awe. If you think we missed out on any other movies based on true incidents, comment and let us know!


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Amitabh Bachchan – Best Movies Of The Superstar From The Last 50 Years



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Amitabh Bachchan, the superstar, the King of Bollywood, the ultimate Badshah of Bollywood, finishes 50 years in the industry today! While the baritone voice is a familiar presence in the Country now, the Angry Young Man of Bollywood had an inspiring journey. Here is taking a look at Amitabh Bachchan’s journey in the world of Bollywood in the last 5 decades!

1. Zanjeer

Zanjeer set the world of Bollywood onto a new path. While Amitabh Bachchan was already coming into his own before this film, Zanjeer gave the actor a new direction. When Amitabh Bachchan was introduced to the world of Bollywood, people had a new face to look at and admire. With the movie being all things amazing and Amitabh Bachchan being hailed as the next big thing, everyone was looking forward to something exciting. As a first movie, Zanjeer was the best thing which could happen to the Angry Young Man.

2. Silsila

From the moment Zanjeer became the super hit film that it was destined to be, Amitabh Bachchan’s success kept growing. With Silsila, his presence in the world of Bollywood was further cemented through his brilliant acting skills. His scintillating chemistry with Rekha quite literally set the rumour mill on fire, giving people a fresh new pair to look forward to everyday! A movie which wasn’t just about love, Silsila redefined the way people looked at and dealt with different circumstances. With the characters being so carefully handled, the movie just made everyone stand up and take notice of not just Amitabh Bachchan, but of Rekha as well!

3. Sholay

A movie which needs no introduction, Sholay was an Amitabh Bachchan classic film. A classic, Sholay was one of the highest grossing films released at the time and ranked first in the British Film Institute’s 2002 poll of “Top 10 Indian Films” of all time. A story about two criminals (Jeet and Veeru, played by Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan,) who try to capture a criminal, Gabbar Singh, this movie more than earned its place in the hall of fame. While the film initially received negative reactions when it released, the reviews quickly picked up and people started falling in love with the characters and the attention to detail the film had. Sholay was a film like never before and was perhaps one of the best performances Amitabh gave so far!

4. Don

The first and original Don, Amitabh Bachchan was a class act like no other actor. Playing a double role for the first time in his career, senior Bachchan ruled the roost with his acting skills in this movie! The third highest grossing movie when it released, this movie set the charts on fire because of how well Amitabh pulled his weight in both the roles in this movie. Classified as a golden jubilee hit by Box Office India, Don was an iconic movie in every sense of the word. The line, “Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi, namumkin hai,” is still popular even today!

5. Agneepath

This film had a lot of expectations riding on Amitabh Bachchan. The title for this movie was taken from a poem written by Harshvardhan Rai Bachchan (Amitabh’s father) and the film also had an extremely talented cast (Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavi, Neelam Kothari, Rohini Hattangadi and Danny Denzongpa.) The poem written by Amitabh’s father was recited at the beginning of the film and just like Amitabh’s character, the poem gives shape to the central crux of this film as well. With Big B playing the character so well, Agneepath went on to become a major cult movie in years to come!

6. Piku

Telling the story of Piku Banerjee (played by Deepika Padukone) and her father (Amitabh Bachchan,) Piku saw Amitabh Bachchan acing the character. From praising the characterisation, to loving the plot, critics and fans alike loved the movie so much, it became an instant hit the moment it released! While both Deepika Padukone and Irfan Khan added a certain impact to the movie, it was Amitabh Bachchan’s perfect portrayal of a cranky old man which added the much needed gravitas to Piku. Definitely one of Amitabh’s best performances in the recent past!

While Amitabh Bachchan was known for playing certain roles during the earlier part of his career, he grew to play different types of characters in the future years. From changing the way people saw him in cinema, to creating a positive image for himself, Amitabh Bachchan has quite literally carved a throne for himself in the world of Bollywood. Here’s looking forward to more amazing films from the Badshah of Bollywood in the coming 50 years!


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Bollywood Movies Which Didn’t Have Clichéd Endings



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Bollywood has always been the gold mine of happily ever afters and great endings. However, while most films deliver on the promise of a beautiful ending, there are some which build up to the possibility of a beautiful ending, but end up giving us something completely different. Here’s taking a look at movies which just ended in a different way than we thought.

1. The Lunch Box

A story about two people falling in love despite the unlikely circumstances, The Lunchbox has an ending which makes you rethink the idea of love itself. Two strangers fall in love through letters and when they finally decide to meet, destiny seems to have different plans. While the two hack a plan, things don’t work out the right way. However, even though the initial meeting doesn’t pan out the way it was supposed to, the open ending leaves one wondering whether the two strangers eventually meet or not. Leaving you with an uneasy feeling and wanting for more, The Lunch Box tells a story beyond the cliches and the expected norms!

2. Rockstar

One of the best movies to have been made in the recent past, Rockstar had an extremely surprising ending. A story about a rockstar fighting for his dreams and working on making his hopes come true, Rockstar depicted suffering in the most heart touching way. Despite having everything going the way it was supposed to for the main character, his journey toward the end of the film leaves one longing and wanting for more.

3. Kartik Calling Kartik

Kartik Calling Kartik had all the makings of a film leading toward a happy ending. Kartik (played by Farhan Akhtar,) falls in love with Sona (Deepika Padukone.) A series of phone calls help Kartik overcome his low confidence levels not just at work, but also help him get the love of his life. However, despite the calls helping in the beginning, they start becoming invasive and creepy toward the second half. When the calls start increasing in their intensity, Kartik starts getting worried and tries everything possible to stop the calls. More than halfway through the film, the movie switches tracks in a surprising manner. All the way through, Kartik Calling Kartik leaves you hooked to the very end of the movie!

4. Ekk Main Aur Ek Tu 

With Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan playing the main roles, most of this film builds up to a happily ever after between the two leads. While the leads get closer because of how they deal with their respective issues, the story leads to a point where one would think they would naturally end up together. However, in a surprise turn of events, Kareena Kapoor’s character tells Imran’s character that while there may be love of a certain kind, the two were definitely not going to end up together. Talk about a surprise ending!

5. Bluffmaster

Perhaps one of the few Bollywood movies with more twists to its name than any other made so far, Bluffmaster is a film within a film. It is only by the end of the film that the protagonist (played by Abhishek Bachchan,) realises he has been part of one of the biggest cons ever! Just as you start empathising with him for everything gone wrong, the climax just pulls the rug from beneath you with a major sweep of surprise! Definitely worth a watch for the anti cliches!

When movies end in a way they aren’t supposed to, they stay remembered for a longer time. If you think we missed out on any other movies with different endings, comment and let us know!


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Remembering Madhubala, The Real Life Anarkali, On Her 86th Birth Anniversary



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Madhubala, a real life Anarkali, led as tragic a life as her famous character, Anarkali. She had beauty, money, fame and grace. She was loved, with a massive fan following. However, while the face smiled and the eyes twinkled, the sadness behind the smile was a fact not many saw. Born to Ataullah Khan, Madhubala had a very hard life in her early years.

When her father lost her job at a tobacco factory, he realised the only way to make ends meet was by signing Madhubala into the world of films. At the young age of 9, Madhubala made her foray into the world of Bollywood with the film Basant, in 1942. Madhubala’s life quite literally changed the moment she entered the film industry. Despite being only 9 years old, being exposed to the world of films and cinema helped her realise there was more to life than she thought existed. Everything she knew started to change and this young child evolved into a better version of herself.

By the time Madhubala was 16, she had more than made her presence felt in the Bollywood world. Her demure looks, coy movements and budding acting skills were becoming synonymous with a new face in the industry. However, despite being known for her skills and beauty, her failing health was suddenly being noticed. The first public display of ill health was when she puked blood for the first time (allegedly,) during the shooting of Bahut Din Huwe in 1954.

The next public sign of ill health was when she fainted while shooting with Raj Kapoor for the 1957 film Chalack. While this film never saw the light of day, it shined light on the fact that Madhubala was seriously ill. Soon after, it was revealed that the actress had a condition, ventricular septal defect, commonly called “a hole in the heart.” With no medical treatment available for the disease at the time, the actress’s health started deteriorating slowly, but surely.

To make matters worse, the actress was struggling to keep herself rooted in terms of the professional world. A fighter for love and perfectionism to the very end, Madhubala made sure that no matter what, she always stuck through with her commitments. While both the love stories of her life (with Dilip Kumar and Kishore Kumar) ended in a disastrous manner, Madhubala never really let the despair of being alone show in public. Despite her love for Dilip Kumar being so strong, the engagement ended on a bitter note. According to the rumour mill, her father was dead against their marriage. However, even when she got over the heartache of losing Dilip Kumar with her marriage to Kishore Kumar, destiny had other plans. Her illness drove a wedge between the young couple and as her health worsened, Kishore Kumar left her to quite literally take care of herself.

Despite being loved by an entire Country of people, Madhubala spent the last few months of her life alone and depressed. Although she completed all the projects she had signed in the ten years it took for the completion of Mughal E Azam, Madhubala was largely left to tend to herself. For an actress born on the day of love, it is quite a tragedy to see that she literally received no love from the people around her. From the moment she was 9 to the very last days of her life, Madhubala’s life was filled with more pain, tragedy and sorrow with which anyone could hope to live.

On the actress’s 86th birth anniversary, it only makes sense that one takes a look at her life and life history. On this note, I am turning on the radio and listening to all my favourite Madhubala tunes and I think, there is really no other way to pay a better memory to her.


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Movies To Watch With Your Partner This Valentine’s Day



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Valentine’s Day, the day it is but expected to show off the person you love with not just gestures but romantic gestures, is finally here! What can be better than snuggling in your blankets, with a big bowl of popcorn and the person you love by your side? Watching cheesy and romantic Bollywood movies! Here’s our list of movies you should watch to make the most of today with the person you love!

1. Jab We Met

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An out and out feel good, romantic movie, Jab We Met just has to be at the top of this list! One of its kind and a treat for sore eyes, this movie is all about finding the one love after kissing a handful of frogs along the way. While Geet (played by Kareena Kapoor) does all she can to find the love of her life, Shahid Kapoor runs from the life he didn’t want to have. Through the film, both Geet (played by Kareena Kapoor) and Aditya (Shahid Kapoor) come to terms with who they are as individuals and realise that at the end of the day, they make each other happier than ever. What better way to spend the day than to watch this movie knowing you have found the one through the frogs?

2. Aashiqui 2

The story of Aashiqui 2 is all about acceptance of love. No matter what the other person is going through, if you love them enough, there is always a way to make things work. Based on the life of an alcoholic singer (Aditya Roy Kapur,) who finds solace and love in Shraddha Kapoor’s character, this movie showed us that to love, is to truly believe in your better half, no matter what the world says. When a movie comes with such a strong and hard hitting message, it is only fitting to watch this movie on Valentine’s Day!

3. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

How many times have you watched this movie and thought of finding a man like Rahul (played by Shah Rukh Khan)? Every single time, right? Perhaps one of the most romantic movies of all times, this film tells you how even through all the obstacles, you can still find happiness with the love of your life. Going against your father for the love of your life sounds like a hard thing to do, but when push comes to shove, this movie makes you realise all is not lost. Quite literally changing the way love was seen in movies, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge should definitely be a part of the list of movies to watch with your partner today!

4. Veer Zara

While a movie which had more than its fair share of downs than ups, Veer Zara was one of the most anticipated films before its release in 2004. This film showed how two people in love, Veer (played by Shah Rukh Khan) and Zaara (played by Preity Zinta,) fought against every barrier possible and still managed to find their happy place. Veer Zaara depicted how Veer’s and Zaara’s love only grew through the years, even if they weren’t together at the time. What better movie to watch today than Veer Zara?

5. Jodhaa Akbar

A fictional story about how Akbar married and fell in love with a Rajput princess, Jodhaa Akbar was a love story set during the 16th century. This particular film had slightly lofty aspirations, showing how love blossomed not just between people of different religions, but between different kingdoms as well! Acceptance, going through every length possible because of the person you love and showing people that no matter what, the two of you are enough, is the true essence of Jodha Akbar.. A perfect love story all the way through, you would definitely be missing out if you don’t watch this gem of a film today!

6. Bajirao Masgtani

This Sanjay Leela Bhansali was all about finding love through all the adversities and rejections. Despite being a period film, this movie makes even one with a black heart melt and fall in love with the idea of love. Both Bajirao (played by Ranveer Singh) and Mastani (Deepika Padukone)  show that even though there was a whole group of people fighting tooth and nail to keep them apart, their love was strong enough to change perceptions. Showing us love knows no boundaries, Bajirao Mastani is the film you need to watch if you are going through a bad phase with your partner.  

7. Maine Pyaar Kiya

Kya tumne pyaar kiya? Nahin? Then watch Maine Pyaar Kiya to know what love and life with love feel like! With friendship as the underlying factor in this film, Maine Pyaar Kiya showed, even if you found the one you love, it is okay if they don’t love you the same way! Watch to reinforce your belief in true love and to let your partner know that no matter what, you will always be true to them!

Love, in all its different forms, is a beautiful feeling. When you experience this feeling with the person you want by your side, the feeling gets all the more enhanced. What is your favourite movie to watch with your partner today? Comment and let us know!


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